Russian-American classical pianist who was known for his unsentimental, elegant playing style.
He began studying piano in his hometown of Kiev, but moved to Paris in 1923.
He tied for first place with blind Hungarian pianist Imre Ungar in the second-ever International Frederic Chopin Piano Competition in 1952. He was favored the winner after a coin toss.
He was a teacher at the Toronto Conservatory of Music and later the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.
His many recordings showed off his mastery of numerous composers, including Frederic Chopin.